Who To Watch Out For in The 2009 Draft

Published: April 30th, 2008
By Atop the Crow's Nest

The draft is over with, but it’s never too late to look towards the future. This is something I’ve had in the works for a few months, before ESPN started letting Mel Kiper Jr. open his yap. Here are a few players that I want to watch out for in the 2009 Draft.

Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan

One of the hidden gems in college football, LeFevour is a real star. In case you didn’t know, LeFevour became only the second player in Division 1 FBS history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. He will only be a junior, but he already holds Central Michigan’s career records for passing yards, completions, touchdown passes, and total offense. He is seventh in school history in rushing touchdowns. He also holds single-season records for passing yards, completions, attempts, touchdown passes and total offense. He ranks second in single-season rushing touchdowns and touchdowns scored. He has earned several conference and player of the week awards. In two seasons, he has completed 64.7% of his passes for 6,683 yards and 53 touchdowns, for a QB rating of 138.80. He has also run the ball 320 times for 1,643 yards and 26 touchdowns. A true duel threat, LeFevour had better stats than Tim Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner. Look for this kid to be a big star.

Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri

Finishing 4th in the Heisman Trophy race, and leading his team to their best season every, Chase Daniel is truly a good quarterback. He was named the 2007 Offensive Player of the Year in the Big 12, the first Missouri player to have that honor. In three years, Daniel has completed 66.3% of his passes for 8,044 yards and 62 touchdowns. His quarterback rating is the best in Mizzou history, at 145.75. Daniel owns several records, and needs only 620 yards to become Missouri’s all-time passing yards leader. He had a record setting 2007 season, throwing for 4,306 yards and 33 touchdowns. He completed 68.2% of his passes. He will be a pre-season Heisman and All-American favorite. He is a tremendous player, and could be one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.

Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech

Harrell is another underrated quarterback who needs to be known. The guy throws for almost 600 yards every game (or at least it seems like it!) In his sophomore season, he threw for 4,555 yards, the third-most for a sophomore QB in NCAA history, and was the first to do so in Big 12 history. The highlight of that season was the Insight Bowl. Trailing 38-14, Harrell led his team to an overtime victory, winning the game 44-41. It was the largest come-from-behind victory in NCAA FBS bowl history. He was the MVP of the 2007 Gator Bowl, after leading another come from behind victory over Virginia, as the Red Raiders scored 17 points in the 4th quarter. In three seasons, Harrell has completed 69.4% of his passes for 10,682 yards, averaging 333.8 yards per game. He threw for 400+ yards in all but two games in his junior season, recording 14 career 400 yard games. The Sammy Baugh award winner will be a Heisman favorite this season, and will leave Texas Tech with every passing record.

Rudy Carpenter, QB, Arizona State

In a division where he is overshadowed by other quarterbacks, Carpenter is one of the best in the nation. The leader among active Pac-10 quarterbacks in pass attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns, he completed an NCAA freshman record 68.4% of his passes. In playing three years and starting 31 consecutive games, Carpenter has completed 61.2% of his passes for 7,998 yards and 65 touchdowns. His 65 touchdowns is second in school history. Carpenter could be one of the breakout stars of the draft.

Ian Johnson, RB, Boise State

If you don’t know this guy, you’re probably living under a rock. I think you all remember his heroics in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. I think you also all remember his romantic side. In his sophomore season, Johnson led his Boise State Broncos to a perfect 12-0 season, and a shocking upset over the Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl. After the 2006 season, he led the NCAA with 24 touchdowns. In that season, he set the Boise State single-season rushing record with 1,713 yards. He was second in the nation in rushing yards. In his junior season, he ran for 1,030 yards and 16 touchdowns, despite a bruised kidney. He became just the fourth rusher in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in two separate seasons. He is fourth in career rushing at the school, and second in rushing touchdowns. So far, Johnson has run the ball 599 times for 3,406 yards and 46 touchdowns. A dark horse candidate, Johnson could bust out of the gates at any time.  

Tyrell Sutton, RB, Northwestern

Even though he has been bothered by injury, Sutton is still one of the top backs in the nation. In only two full seasons, he is the Big 10’s second active rusher, and holds his name in several places in Northwestern’s all-time lists. In his career, Sutton has ran the ball 547 times for 2,996 yards and 25 touchdowns, averaging 96.6 yards per game. Still a big powerhouse, Sutton has one more year to prove how valuable he can be.

Maybe one of these days these players will wind up with the Buccaneers. Maybe they could be outstanding stars. Maybe they’ll all be busts. One thing is for sure. The 2009 Draft Class is looking exciting already.